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Opposition to Copyright Royalty Boards Webcasting rates

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The Copyright Royalty Board has handed down a decision after meeting behind closed doors with Pandora and coming to an agreement in reference to royalty rate increases ( http://www.loc.gov/crb/web-iv/amended-web-iv-terms.pdf ) that literally cripples any small webcaster anywhere in the United States of America !

In this agreement it states that the rate is $0.17 per 100 songs , per listener , raising rates so high that it makes it unaffordable by any broadcaster anywhere.

While this bill HR1733 is good to force terrestrial radio to finally pay royalties which they had never done since the beginning of internet broadcasting, the original " Small Webcaster Settlement Act " ( SWSA ) has been eliminated making no provision whatsoever for hobbyist broadcasters who have no revenue to pay the outlandish fee's that would be incurred upon them by the elimination of this agreement.

It also creates a monopoly which according to US law has been deemed illegal in the United States of America , allowing only major corporations like Pandora and iHeart Radio to control what is being heard on the internet.

For years, small webcasters have been paying royalty fee's when terrestrial was not! And as a thank you for all the years of trying to do what was right , to be lawful and pay royalties that artists worldwide have worked so hard for and deserve, the Copyright Royalty Board has decided only the wealthy should be allowed to broadcast, thus ending small broadcasters tiny businesses all over the USA.

Finally, this bill does not only affect the small broadcaster , but affects many businesses that small webcasters have supported as well thus eliminating literally MILLIONS of dollars of spending in business such as :
* Streaming Servers
* Chatrooms and servers
* Messengers
* Communities and servers
* Games
* Webhosting and servers
* Banner Hosting services and many other services !

For years small broadcasters have been paying licensing fee's to stay legal on the internet, paying dues in appreciation for the hobby they so love. They have all had a dream of one day climbing that ladder to make a name for themselves, to achieve success. Some didn't have that dream, they just wanted to enjoy what they loved to do. Now that dream has been stomped on, spat on, and kicked to the curb by the very people we entrust to treat us fairly. It's shameful , unjust and should be considered criminal because of the results of this decision being made.

It should not be allowed.
Petition:
We the undersigned oppose the decision of The Copyright Royalty Board to not include a provision such as the Small Webcaster's Settlement Act of 2002 which allows for small webcasters to have the ability to pay affordable royalty rate fee's.

The rates set are totally unfair to those who do not have the revenue such as the larger broadcasters like Pandora and iHeart.

We the undersigned ask that a provision be included in this decision so that thousands of small webcasters and their listeners and services they do business with may continue to enjoy the music and environment they have created and not be crippled by the Fair Play , Fair Pay bill , as it is not fair at all!
Over 2400 MORE signatures and growing on THIS link to a secondary petition :
http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/opposition-to-copyright-royalty-boards-decision-on-hr-1733.html
Public Comments
Jun 4th, 2016
Someone from Manhattan Beach, CA signed.
Jun 2nd, 2016
Someone from Minneapolis, MN signed.
May 31st, 2016
Someone from Riverside, CA writes:
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Thanks to the DMCA many small-time stations -- on-air and Internet-only -- were already paying an increased fee and then in 2007 they doubled the per-song performance royalty on TOP of that. Internet-only radio now pays TWICE the royalties paid by satellite stations PLUS the increased fee demanded by the DMCA. Now this. This is payola pure and simple. Clear Channel strikes again, shutting down some of the oldest and most popular streaming services along with audio streams from community and noncommercial stations that simply can't afford these exorbitant triple fees. Don't try to kid us that it's for the artists. They don't see a dime of this money. It is all going to the lawyers who own the corporations who own the record companies.
May 29th, 2016
Someone from Waseca, MN signed.
May 24th, 2016
Someone from Saint Charles, MN signed.
May 23rd, 2016
Someone from Waconia, MN writes:
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The webcast I now listen to was originally on the traditional radio airwaves. I thought they were gone completely but then I discovered they had moved to webcasting. The hard work and dedication of the people that have kept this now webcast station should not be priced out of business. I enjoy this program so much. Please don't allow these royalty prices to be priced out of their reach so I can't listen to the program anymore.
May 23rd, 2016
Someone from Washington, DC writes:
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I do not listen to Pandora or iHeart. I listen to smaller, independent internet stations. It seems this bill is biased against them. I oppose rate increases that cripple independent internet broadcasters and discourage competition.
May 23rd, 2016
Someone from Detroit, MI signed.
May 22nd, 2016
Someone from Uniondale, NY signed.
May 20th, 2016
Someone from Punta Gorda, FL signed.
May 20th, 2016
Someone from Jackson, MS writes:
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Stop fooling with internet radio all you wannabe kings and queens and common crooks, that's why you or your colleagues will not be reelected.
May 19th, 2016
Someone from Salem, NH writes:
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We rely on Internet Radio Stations as Listener. Don't touch our Internet Radio Stations Leave it alone. Thank you
May 18th, 2016
Someone from Lawrence, MA signed.
May 18th, 2016
Someone from Monroe, NC signed.
May 18th, 2016
Someone from Saint Louis, MO signed.
May 18th, 2016
Someone from Beverly Hills, CA writes:
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Unfair pay, monopoly today.
May 17th, 2016
Someone from Rochester, MN writes:
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I listen exclusively to internet radio that is not affiliated with an over-the-air station. It is a very small operation. Save Internet Radio!
May 17th, 2016
Someone from Fuquay Varina, NC signed.
May 17th, 2016
Someone from Lincoln, NE signed.
May 16th, 2016
Someone from Claremore, OK signed.
May 16th, 2016
Someone from Rowlesburg, WV writes:
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Copyright translates to Corporate Propaganda if it's sole motive is to subvert art that remains boundless.
May 15th, 2016
Someone from Nashville, TN writes:
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I am an entertainer and songwriter and should have the right to have my songs played on stations that dont charge me fees and do a service for the communities they broadcast to as well.
May 14th, 2016
Someone from Waseca, MN signed.
May 14th, 2016
Someone from Webster, MN signed.
May 13th, 2016
Someone from Reno, NV writes:
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Please make sure you do not destroy the small broadcasters that work so hard to help the artists.
May 13th, 2016
Someone from Minneapolis, MN writes:
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Increase diversity of music in the USA, don't decrease it. Some NON-profit internet radio stations fill an absolutely vital niche. Preserve that! I call for reasonable fairplay/fairpay charges.
May 12th, 2016
Someone from West Fargo, ND signed.
May 12th, 2016
Someone from Winona, MN signed.
May 12th, 2016
Someone from Columbia, TN signed.
May 12th, 2016
Someone from Columbia, TN signed.
May 11th, 2016
Someone from Murrieta, CA signed.
May 9th, 2016
Someone from Los Angeles, CA signed.
May 9th, 2016
Someone from North Las Vegas, NV signed.
May 8th, 2016
Someone from Farmington, MN signed.
May 8th, 2016
Someone from Inver Grove Heights, MN signed.
May 4th, 2016
Someone from Culpeper, VA writes:
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I am a webcaster and my radio is being blocked from my US listeners.
May 3rd, 2016
Someone from Douglasville, GA signed.
May 3rd, 2016
Someone from Van Nuys, CA signed.
May 2nd, 2016
Someone from Albuquerque, NM signed.
May 2nd, 2016
Someone from Albuquerque, NM signed.